The third largest island in the world, Borneo is renowned for its lush rainforests and endangered animals, like pygmy elephants and proboscis monkeys. It's one of only two places where orangutans can be found in the wild. A luxury holiday in Borneo offers a chance to see these animals and to relax on a famous coastline of white sand.
Borneo’s Malaysian parts, Sabah and Sarawak, stretch across the north and northwest of the island. Rivers snake through jungle-covered hills and palms fringe sandy beaches lapsed by turquoise and emerald waters that are home to coral reefs and rainbow coloured tropical fish. The region is perfect for trekking, snorkelling and diving, while long hikes can be enjoyed climbing Mount Kinabalu, which rises over 13,000 feet above the clouds.
In Sabah you'll find lots of conservation areas and national parks like Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Comprising five idyllic islands this place is a haven for beach lovers and snorkellers. Explore the coastal city of Kota Kinabalu to discover ornate mosques with golden domes alongside modern glass high-rise buildings like Menara Tun Mustapha. Wander bustling markets and tour the Sabah Museum and gallery.
Cool off at Mahua Waterfall then see pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and Malayan tigers on the jungle walk at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. Much like Sabah, Sarawak offers a wealth of pristine beaches with white sand and several renowned national parks, like the vibrant rainforest of Gunung Mulu National Park. Sarawak's capital, Kuching, offers iconic landmarks such as the Tua Pek Kong Temple and quirky museums like the Kuching Cat Museum. At nearby Semenggoh Nature Reserve, you can see orangutans in a semi-wild environment.
Borneo is a year-round holiday destination with average high temperatures hovering around 30 degrees Celsius. You'll find the best weather in Sabah in April and in Sarawak, from June to July.
The Malaysian part of the island sees its heaviest rainfall between November and February bringing the many jungles alive with thick greenery. Typically it rains in short sudden downpours, so you’ll still be able to make the most of your days here.
You can expect the finest dining experiences on a luxury Borneo getaway with award-winning hotel restaurants serving traditional Malay cuisine. Sample authentic Chinese, Indian and Italian specialities and choose from a range of other international dishes crafted by experienced chefs with an eye for detail and presentation.
Enjoy relaxed beachside barbecues and private beach dinners lit with candles under a night sky. For the ultimate experience, try rooftop dining with commanding views of Mount Kinabalu. In the evening, relax with a cocktail and a spectacular sunset.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you at all times and to keep a photocopy of your passport. British nationals don't need a visa to enter Malaysia and can stay up to 3 months. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on visas and travel.